Squamish lands Metric and Weezer in second year

The crowd lives it up at last year's festival. PHOTO BY JESSE GITTENS

Jessica Wallace:  Arts & Entertainment Editor  Ω

Although the weather may show disappointing signs that summer will never arrive, a calendar of music festivals proves that yes, it is finally summer.

After gaining success in its first year, the Live at Squamish Music Festival is back this year featuring headliners such as Weezer and Metric.

The two-day alternative rock weekend, which runs from August 21-22, is one of the last opportunities of the summer to enjoy some music, get some sun and revel in the fact that midterms are still a month away.

Paul Runnals, festival director, said the event appeals to a wide demographic range.

He said families attend as well as some rowdy partiers, but he said it never got out of hand last year.

“There’s room for everybody,” Runnals said.

Runnals said there were very few incidents last year, and he attributes it to the crowd being a little more intelligent.

“It’s a safe, cool, comfortable vibe,” Runnals said.

Before you flip the page looking for the party, stay with me.

This year the festival has created a stage that plays alternative music by day, and bumps electronic music with DJs by night.

The musical lineup is boasts Metric, John Butler Trio, Girl Talk, Stars, Shad, Kyprios, Sweet Thing and She Stole My Beer on Saturday with Weezer, Major Lazer featuring Diplo, Tommie Sunshine, The Zolas, Bend Sinister, Distribute Sound System and Doc Martin on the Sunday.

“We’re pretty jazzed with the line-up,” Runnals said.

Runnals said, it usually takes years to built a reputation and draw in big names.

“We proved to everyone, including industry professionals, that it’s a top-notch festival,” Runnals said.

Along with live music, the festival features a Ferris wheel, food and beverage vendors and various activities.

Runnals said the area will feature an improvisation jam session.

“We’ve added an acoustic, unscripted performance area,” Runnals said.

Runnals said the festival is unlike any.

“It’s more about the experience of the site than the name of the bands for us,” Runnals said.

“You go to see Metric, but what you discover is a circus or an indie band along the way.

About 8,000 tickets have already been sold.

“We’re very please with that,” Runnals said.

There is a 13,000 capacity per day.  Last year there were 13,000 people over the two days.

“Our goal is to get past the 20,000 mark,” Runnals.

Those interested can purchase tickets for the day or the entire weekend at: liveatsquamish.com.  On-site camping is already sold out, but there are hotels and other campsites available.

The land has been leased for six years, so be ready for an annual summer rock session.